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SWELLFOOT THE TYRANT.
A TRAGEDY, IN TWO ACTS.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL DORIO.
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This Tragedy is one of a triad, or system of three plays, (au arrangernent according to which the Greeks were accus tomed to connect their dramatic representations,) elucidating the wonderful and appalling fortunes of the SWELLFOOT dynasty. It was evidently written by some learned Theban, and froin its characteristic duluess, apparently before the duties on the importation of Attic salt had been repealed by the Bæotarchs. The tenderness with which he beats the Pigs proves him to have been a sus Beutice; possibly Epicuri de grege porcus'; for, as the poet observes,
“A fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind."
No liberty has been taken with the translation of this remarkable piece of antiquity, except the suppressing a seditious and blaspliemous chorus of the Pigs and Bulls at the last act. The word Hoydipouse, (or more properly Edipus,) has been rendered literally SWELLFOOT, without its having been conceived necessary to determine whether a swelling of the hind or the fore feet of the Swinish Monarch is particularly indicated.
Should the remaining portions of this Tragedy be found, entitled, “Swell foot in Angaria,” and “Charité,” the Trang lator might be tempted to give them to the reading Public.
* Medwin says that dipus stands for George IV., lona Taurina for Queen Caroline; Laoctonos for Wellington; Purs ganax for Castlereagh; and Dakry for Lord Eldon, “from his Inchymose propensities.” — Life of Shelley, ii. 29.
BCENE I.-A magnificent Temple, built of thigh-bones ana
death's-heads, and tiled with sculps. Over the Altar the statue of Famine, veiled ; a number of bours, sows, and sucking-pigs, crowned with thistle, shumrock, and oak, sitting on the steps, and clinging round the Altar of the Tennple.
Enter SWELLFOOT, in his royal robes, without perceiving the
Thou supreme goddess ! by whose power divine These graceful limbs are clothed in proud array
[He contemplutes himself with satisfuction. Of gold and purple, and this kingly paunch Swells like a sail before a favouring breeze, And these most sacred nether promontories Lie satisfied with layers of fat ; and these Baotian cheeks, like Egypt's pyramid, (Nor with less toil were their foundations laid, *)
See Universal History for an account of the number of poople who died, and the immense consumption of garlic by the wretched Egyptians, who made a sepulchre for the name es well as the bodies of their tyrants.